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The Imperial Hotel
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1 Janpath, New Delhi 110001, India   |  
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Ranked #4 of 608 Hotels in New Delhi
adelaide
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“First class”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

IMPERIAL HOTEL
The Imperial Hotel has changed markedly since the 1980's and it is a first class establishment with fantastic staff. However personally I think the renovations have destroyed it's soul. The old Imperial had a lot of old world charm. The new Imperial is ritzy and very expensive. It is a great place to stay but if you are on a budget I would have a look at other properties in Delhi. Also beware that their bar is fine but check the drink prices carefully before ordering your $200 bottle of wine. Nevertheless a great hotel.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

We stayed on 2 occasions in this hotel. This hotel has a lot of colonial charm in the public areas. The rooms are nice with excellent beds (however, make sure to ask for a room with windows, as we were twice assigned a room without any windows, quite claustrophobic and unacceptable at this price !). The restaurants are excellent, however the prices for wines are really exaggerated (compared to other top hotels in India e.g. Oberoi). The breakfast is very nice in the veranda. There is also a large swimming pool with lounge chairs, however the sun sets quickly behind the trees, so be there before 4 PM if you want to catch some sun.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

Lovely art-deco buildings set in spacious grounds and in a very central location (slightly impeded at the moment by works on the metro line). Broad expanses of corridor house an art history of empire worthy of any museum in the world. Punctilious from the first greeting, front-of house staff, room service and housekeping are all they should be and recall more gracious times. Our "Heritage" room was spacious and stylish and incorporated all modern amenities in a period setting. We enjoyed both restaurants and an elegant lunch on the terrace. A delight to stay there. However, prices are high and, while we felt they represented value for money, others might disagree.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

If it really was his former residence he must have had a wonderful life and a big family...

Wonderful hotel, impressive without being a stuffed shirt. From the greeting to the farewell we had a wonderful stay. Initially stayed in a Heritage Room which was very comfortable. It seemed a fair walk from the foyer but it never seemed a problem as the walk through the halls with all the fabulous old prints was always interesting.

On our return, I had booked a Grand Heritage room but they upgraded us to a Deco suite which was a lovely set of rooms and an excellent example of art deco. A bit of a brickbat for some mechanical noise all night - subdued but annoying. May have been from the roof or outside of the hotel so cant be too censorious.

Food and Drink - the 1911 bar was fabulous as was the restaurant overlooking the garden. Food was excellent. Prices for food were good for what you got. $25 for a glass of run of the mill chablis was stretching it a bit.

Food at Spice Route was lovely as was the restaurant.

Food at San Gigagnamo was mixed. Lyn's fish was very good my Angel Hair pasta with seafood was an appalling gluggy shambles.

Service - from start to finish this was excellent except for the chap in the small bar who didn't listen when my wife asked for no ice in her G&T, he then removed it piece by piece with tongs...

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

A wonderful hotel with equally wonderful service. The only thing that marred the experience was the work going on to extend the metro service. Immaculately clean, an excellent buffet breakfast, all public rooms and corridors evoking colonial splendour.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

My husband and I flew in from London overnight in order to start a travelling trip around Rajasthan. We were greeted by the driver in arrivals and got into a lovely clean car and given some water and a hand towel. Check in was swift and we were taken to our room. The room was quite small but the furniture was lovely and the hotel had a great colonian feel to it which was very nice. The bars and restaurants are very nice too. Breakfast was really good and gave lot of variety. We had dinner at the Spice Route, the food was very delicious (thai green curry especially) but it is overpriced! Overall a great place to start off a trip to India in my opinion and would reccomend it to other leisure travellers!

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

I first visited The Imperial in 1978 when living in Delhi. I dined there regularly. After a morning's hard bargaining with the clothing merchants at the stalls along Janpath, the Imperial provided a wonderfully fresh and peaceful haven where I would sit by the pool, admiring the beauty of the building and consume charcoal grilled chicken tikka and chilled nimbu pani (fresh lime water). On future visits to India, I stayed regularly at The Imperial and experienced the quality of its beautiful interior and cool guestrooms, with marble bathrooms and crisp white cotton bathtowels. The staff were wonderfully attentive. So now, many years later, it is a joy to find that, whilst the city has grown noisily around it, this beautiful hotel is still the haven of calm and splendour it always was. I'm already planning my next visit.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1 Janpath, New Delhi 110001, India
Location: India > National Capital Territory of Delhi > New Delhi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in New Delhi
#3 Luxury Hotel in New Delhi
#3 Business Hotel in New Delhi
#4 Romantic Hotel in New Delhi
#5 Family Hotel in New Delhi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Imperial Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 233
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Also Known As:
Imperial Hotel New Delhi
Imperial New Delhi
Imperial Hotel Delhi
Hotel Imperial
The Imperial Palace Hotel
Grand Imperial Hotel
The Imperial New Delhi
The Imperial Hotel Delhi

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